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When I first started doing triathlons I had to pick up on some new terminology and triathlon know how. Here you will find general information on triathlons. I’ll keep adding content to this page.
Different Triathlon Race Distances:
Distance can vary. 275 yard to 500 meter swim, bike can be 11 to 13 or more miles and the run can be a 2 to 3.1 mile run.
1.5 km (.93 mile) swim, 40 km (24.9 mile) ride and 10 km (6.2 mile) run
1.9 km (1.18 mile) swim, 90 km (56 mile) ride and 21.1 km (13.1 mile) run
3.8 km (2.2 mile) swim, 180 km (112 mile) ride and 42.2 km (26.2 mile run)
Triathlon 101 lingo and commonly used words
Brick – A workout consisting of two disciplines. For example a swim followed by a bike workout is a brick.
Taper – Is when an athlete decreases the length and intensity of their workouts. This usually happens the week before the race.
T1 – Is the transition area where you come out of the swim and get your bike for the ride leg.
T2 – Is the transition area where you come off the bike and get ready to get onto your run leg.
T1 Mount line – Is the line you must cross getting out of T1 before you can get on your bike.
T2 Mount line – You must get off your bike before crossing this line before entering T2.
Timing chip – Chip used to time your event.
Water/aid Stations – Areas on the course which hand out water and nutrition.
Wheel Set – A set of wheels on your bike, can be training or racing.
Drafting – Is when an athlete puts him or herself in a position behind another athlete to reduce drag/wind resistance. This is illegal for cycling only under USAT rules. Drafting on the swim and run is legal.